Weirdest Government Bans from Around the World

19. Spanking

Unless you were the perfect child, you got into some trouble as a kid. You were probably spanked for your mischievousness a couple times. And perhaps, your parents did so illegally.

At least 43 countries have outlawed spanking children.


Sweden became the first country to strip parents of their rights to spank children in 1979. Today, spanking is banned in various countries including New Zeeland, Brazil and Kenya. Of course, every country has its exceptions.

In Magnolia, kids can’t be hit at school; but, they can be hit in prison. In Columbia, hitting kids is only allowed in indigenous communities.

In December 2015, Canada’s prime minister announced plans to revoke a law allowing parents to spank their children.

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